The author of @natsecwork is gone.
Jofi Joseph, a National Security Council staffer at the White House recently identified as the author of a Twitter account that played loose with taste in poking fun of people around town — including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UN Ambassador Samantha Power and husband Cass Sunstein, a former White House aide — has left the grounds.
“I can tell you the individual does not work here any more,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said today, declining to comment more on the matter. “He was an employee of the State Department on temporary duty.”
Unless they have an official Twitter account like his — @PressSec — staffers aren’t allowed to access Twitter with White House equipment, Carney said.
The Daily Beast reported this week that Joseph was fired last week after being identified as the author of tweets asking such profound questions as:
“Was Huma Abedin wearing beer goggles the night she met Anthony Wiener? Almost as bad a pairing as Samantha Powers and Cass Sunstein.”
“It has been a privilege to serve in this Administration and I deeply regret violating the trust and confidence placed in me,” Joseph told Politico in an email reported there. “What started out as an intended parody account of DC culture developed over time into a series of inappropriate and mean-spirited comments. I bear complete responsibility for this affair and I sincerely apologize to everyone I insulted.”
Some say he will be missed:
More Jofi Josephs, Please – http://t.co/nILb7VFh6x
— reason (@reason) October 23, 2013
This is an officially sanctioned White House tweet:
“We need to focus on what the majority of Americans sent us here to do—grow the economy, create good jobs.” —Obama: http://t.co/IIvCNdDT0Y
— Jay Carney (EOP) (@PressSec) October 19, 2013